Support for Riel
To the voters of the Lower Yakima Valley, I am happy to
write a letter of support for Kevin Riel - candidate for Commissioner, Fire
It is important to the voters of Yakima County for broad
representation on the Fire Commission. Kevin's home near Harrah represents an
area in the western part of the district; sitting commissioners are from
central (Zillah) and eastern (Mabton) Yakima Valley.
Kevin's knowledge of the duties of the district are based on
his perfect attendance for 19 years as a volunteer firefighter/EMT with Fire
District #5 and his leadership role as captain of Station #3.
It is also important for a commissioner to understand that
his responsibilities are to set policies and procedures for the entire
district...and not to mico-manage daily activities of the stations. Kevin is
committed to this role.
Kevin is successful in his business; he understands the
necessity of budgeting, financing, the realism of asset and risk management.
This, combined with Kevin's accessibility to the public, make him a great
candidate for Commissioner - Fire District #5.
I urge you to cast your vote for Kevin Riel - Commissioner,
Fire District #5.
/s/ Bill Flower, Sunnyside
Vote for Darr common sense
Grandview citizens, you have the opportunity to do away with
the "good old boys club" legacy of mayors that has reigned for
several decades in Grandview.
With her 20 years of experience on city council, it's time
to use Helen Darr's common sense in spending, common sense in decision making,
common sense in planning, common sense in addressing issues.
Common sense says vote Darr for a full time and accessible
mayor for Grandview.
/s/ Dottie Cervantes, Grandview
Election will have dramatic effect
on S’side's future
This year's election finds Sunnyside on the precipice of
what could possibly be our greatest period of expansion and growth ever. Even
so, there are three city council candidates who want to change the positive
direction this town is going in.
Carol Stone deserves kudos for her community involvement and
beautification projects, but that hardly qualifies her to help manage a multi
million dollar budget and set policy.
Bruce Epps says he wants what's best for Sunnyside, but if
given the chance to sit at the negotiating table, will he be able to say no to
the unions who are working so hard to get him elected?
And then there's Bengie (Aguilar). As entertaining as she's
been, it's time for her to be fired. This town doesn't need her distractions
and racial divisiveness any longer.
If the wrong candidates are elected this year, it will be
because the silent majority didn't vote. Don't let this happen. This election
may not change the course of our nation, but it will have a dramatic effect on
Sunnyside's future. We need to keep going in the right direction. Make sure you
vote and make sure you vote for Mike Farmer, Bruce Ricks and Bill Gant.
/s/ Chad Werkhoven, Sunnyside
I am worried about what is happening with so many of our
youth. When they don't get a good education the first time around, it's very
difficult later in life to go back and finish up their schooling.
We need to elect Mary Rita Rohde to the Sunnyside School
Board to give our children a better chance at getting it right the first time.
Mary Rita Rohde has the experience and the expertise to work
with the school district and with children's families to make sure all children
in our community achieve in school and graduate from high school. It's not
acceptable to give up on any child in his or her educational endeavors.
Please join me in voting for Mary Rita Rohde for the
Sunnyside School Board, Position #2.
/s/ Dr. P.J. Swofford, Sunnyside
Abide by laws
I am writing this letter in response to Rose Torres's letter
(10-12-05) in the Daily Sun News.
First off, I'm a single parent from a multi-racial family.
My son, too, had the backing of extended family and was taught to protect
himself and look out for his family. The difference being my son was taught
right from wrong and to respect people and the laws of our country. If you
don't like the laws then you need to vote to change them. Until then, if you
break them you are held accountable. PERIOD! My family supports each other
without enabling each other to be disrespectful and lawless.
Second, I am very tired of people who run out of excuses,
then turn to the "race card". I know Police Officer Melissa Rodriguez
personally. I have ridden with her while on duty. Her race is Hispanic and her
nationality is American. She enforces the laws we have put in place with
integrity and compassion. Not by the color of skin someone has. She not only
served in the U.S. military to protect our consitutional rights, now she is out
on the streets of Sunnyside putting her life on the line to protect your family
and mine. Without people like her, our city would
be overrun by gangs and people with no
respect for the laws or constitutional rights.
Hate and violence are passed on from one generation to the
next. It's time we break the chain. Stop making our children feel like victims
by telling them people don't like them because of the color of their skin.
Start teaching them to be proud to be an American and abide by the laws of our
Third, I'd say it's crazy to think that Chief Radder, or any
other decent law enforcement officer, would just wake up one morning and say to
themselves, "I think I will go out today and find a 12-year-old child
whose life I will ruin by picking on them and placing a vendetta on their
Does Ms. Torres really believe they have the time or lack of
morals to do so? Most children see a police officer as someone they can go to
if they need help, unless of course they have been taught differently.
Finally, I feel sorry for this mother who will never know
for her son the pride I feel for my son, who is now 19 years old and serving in
the U.S. Navy protecting the constitutional rights of the American people,
including Ms. Torres.
/s/ Michelle M. Hutson, Sunnyside